IF KILLING IS THE WAY OF JESUS
THEN YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT
As an addendum to my post on war and killing I would like to present you with a fact that presents your view with a stark choice. If you believe that killing is necessary sometimes to protect people and lifestyles than you must incorporate all that view entails.
Imagine you were living in Nazi Germany and you were a believer and you were hiding two certain Jews who were sought after by the Nazis. They had been sentenced to the ovens but they ran to your house and you took them in. Well the SS came to your house and busted in your door and headed for the closet in which the Jews were hiding. Would you be justified in using violence to protect those innocent Jews? If you had a gun would you as a believer use it to defend and protect them?
Many believers would say yes to that question. They would use force to protect innocent life even though they would be breaking Nazi law. Well do you today believe life begins at conception? If so then abortion is murder and it is happening all over the country. And it is legal. But if you believe violence can and should be used to protect and defend innocent lives, then you have an obligation to do so by preventing abortion even though it would be against the law.
If you can support killing many thousands of miles away because that country “might” present a danger down the road, how can you sit by and allow the murder of millions of unborn babies happening in the present? The hypocrisy of such a position is obvious. But what does that reveal about the church’s position? It shows that the church’s position concerning war is due to a nationalistic culture and not Scripture. Believers will enthusiastically support any war that the government deems “necessary” but they will only talk about the evils of abortion.
What else does it reveal when believers will go to war to prevent something but allow abortion in their midst? It reveals that they are embroiled in hedonism. You see they support war because they fear their lifestyles may be in jeopardy, but their lives can be lived without intrusion even when abortions number in the millions. So if my material goods or even my family’s lives are at stake I can kill the enemy, but if murder is being performed and paid for in my midst I can live with it as long as my material goods and my family’s lives are not at stake.
Ok class, what do we call that? Hypocrisy. You see, killing is not the way of Jesus.
By the way, China has the largest number of abortions in the world, and if your view of killing people to prevent them from killing others is consistent we should go to war with China or the number two country Russia or the number three country Vietnam. The United States is number four on that list. If the Revolutionary War was the way of Jesus because we resisted taxes without representation, then how much more would Jesus approve of a violent overthrow of the United States government who slaughters millions of unborn babies?
You see, when you attempt to measure the teachings of Jesus through the world’s measuring cup all you have is a sieve.